Heavy rains have been lashing Mumbai and its suburbs since Tuesday. The second straight day continuous heavy rainfall has disrupted normal life in the city.
Suburban trains are running late and flight operations at Mumbai airport have been severely hit.
Schools and colleges in Mumbai Metropolitan Region have been instructed to remain closed by authorities because of the downpour. Water logging was reported in several areas.
From 8.30 am on Tueaday to 5.30 am on Wednesday, the Colaba observatory recorded 210 mm rain, while the Santacruz observatory recorded 303.7 mm rain, said the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD).
“Several parts of the metropolis, including South Mumbai, Borivali, Kandivili, Andheri and Bhandup, received heavy rainfall. However, no untoward incident has been reported so far from any part of the city,” said an official of the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation’s (BMC) disaster management cell.
A high tide warning has also been issued. The high tide timings given were 12.03 pm and 6.04 pm. Fishermen have been warned against venturing into the deep sea.
Low visibility because of the heavy rains in causing havoc at the Mumbai airport.
The skidding of a SpiceJet aircraft on the main runway (09/27) on Tuesday night compounded the problem further as it forced the private airport operator to shift operations to the secondary runway, which can carry out limited operations.
The SpiceJet Boeing 737 aircraft carrying 183 people overshot a wet runway while landing at the airport and got stuck in the mud, officials said. All passengers were safely evacuated.
As many as 56 flights were diverted to different airports as the main runway continued to be out of use because the SpiceJet aircraft was still stuck there, an airport official said.
The Mumbai airport is India’s second busiest airport, handling 930 flights per day with an average of 48 movements per hour.
Suburban train services were running late by 10 to 15 minutes, an official said.
Central Railway’s chief spokesperson Sunil Udasi said a few short-destination local trains had to be cancelled to streamline the services.
“Since 10 pm yesterday, our services on the main and the harbour lines are running at regular intervals with lesser frequency and restricted speed in water-logging prone areas. Our field staff and supervisors have been deployed to keep a tab on the water level,” Udasi said.
The ‘dabbawalas’ of Mumbai again cancelled their delivery of over two lakh tiffins to office-goers in the city as the train services were hit.
Mumbai recorded its second highest September rain in a span of 12 hours on Tuesday, BMC officials said.
The rainfall recorded at BMC’s automatic weather stations between 8 am and 10 pm included Nariman Point (88mm), Worli (110mm), Chembur (112mm), Mulund (94mm), Andheri (208mm), Bandra (128mm) and Borivli (204mm).
The MeT has predicted heavy to very heavy rainfall until Thursday.
(With inputs from PTI)